The Weisiger Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Scholarship and The Weisiger Cup bring together Converse College’s priorities of academic excellence, student leadership and service, and competitive intercollegiate athletics in recognizing outstanding student-athletes. The two awards were created through a generous endowment established by Mr. and Mrs. Edward I. Weisiger (Agnes Binder Class of 1963).
The Weisiger Outstanding Scholar-Athlete award provides scholarships for outstanding students majoring in the sciences. Recipients must excel in academics, be expressly interested in the study of science, and be dedicated to playing an NCAA Division II sport. Two new recipients are chosen from the incoming class each year, for a total of up to eight scholarship recipients across the student body annually.
The Weisiger Cup honors one graduating senior each year. The recipient must have an exceptional record of leadership and community building skills as an athlete, in the classroom and across campus. Her name is added to a sterling silver Weisiger Cup trophy that is permanently housed in the Weisiger Center, and she receives her own smaller engraved version as a keepsake.
2008 - Ashton Lesiak - Soccer
2009 - Elizabeth High - Cross Country; Jennifer Russell - Swimming
2010 - Jessica Pope - Swimming, Kandace Griffin - Volleyball
2011 - Nichole Tackett - Soccer; Meghan Calvaruso - Swimming
2012 - Summer Gaib - Cross Country; Maureen Collins - Volleyball
2013 - Rebekah Muir - Golf; Ashley Biggs - Cross Country
2014 - Brittni Jones - Lacrosse; Isabella Cassens - Soccer
2015 - Paige Johnson - Basketball; Claudia Coffin - Soccer
2016 - Taylor Cruse - Basketball; Kaybriana Spalding - Softball
2017 - Lizzie Gilbert - Equestrian; Moriah Gomez - Softball
2017 Weisiger Scholar Athletes: Elizabeth Gilbert, Moriah Gomez
Elizabeth (Lizzie) Gilbert, a graduate of LC Anderson High School in Austin, TX, joined the Valkyries equestrian team. Lizzie plans to pursue a degree in Biology.
Moriah Gomez, a graduate of Boiling Springs High School in Boiling Springs, SC, joined the Valkyries softball team. Moriah plans to pursue a degree in Biology.
Weisiger Cup Recipients
2009 - Elizabeth Louise Ruppert - Cross Country
2010 - Rachel Elizabeth Wilker - Tennis
2011 - Katherine Jean Buehler - Volleyball
2012 - Hilary Leith Parkin - Soccer
2013 - Jennifer Leigh Russell - Swimming
2014 - Jessica Renet Pope - Swimming
2015 - Catherine Frances Billings - Equestrian
2016 - Natalie Johnson - Soccer
2017 - Laura Ann Dixon - Swimming
2018- Kaitlin Knight- Tennis
2018 Weisiger Cup Recipient: Kaitlin Knight
Kaitlin has been a member of the tennis team for four years. She ranks first in Converse history with 52 overall victories, 27 doubles wins, and singles wins at the No. 2 position. Knight holds the second-highest win percentage in doubles and was also named Converse College Freshman of the Year during her rookie campaign. Kaitlin is a double-major in Biology and Spanish and boasts a 3.29 GPA. She has been a member of the Converse College Dean's List every semester she has attended as well as being named to the Conference Carolinas Presidential Honor Roll on four different occassions. Knight is a member of the Phi Sigma Lota Honor Society and Beta Beta Beta Biological Society. During her senior year she served as the President of the SAAC (Student Athlete Advisory Committee) and was an Executive Committee Member of the SGA (Student Government Association). In 2015, Kaitlin was selected for the Conference Carolinas Leadership Institute.
During her time with the Purple and Gold she gave back to her community, teaching tennis to underprivileged children during her summer vacations. She worked at a child physical therapy center and assisted with free clinics during a mission trip to Belize in the summer of 2016. Kailtlin plans to attend Furman University to earn her Master's Degree in "Community Engaged Medicine" and then apply to medical school.
About Ed and Agnes Weisiger
Agnes Binder Weisiger, a member of the Converse Class of 1963, has made giving her life-long passion and priority. She dedicating much of her life to nursing, and her philanthropy and leadership have benefited Converse and many other cultural and educational organizations throughout the Southeast. Together with her husband, Ed, the Weisigers have been champions for Converse College/ In addition to supporting the Weisiget Scholar Athletes and Weisiger Cup awards, they were lead donors to The Weisiger Center, which houses Converse athletics.